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Discussion: TOC - Loyce Harpe Park - Lakeland

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Jan. 13, 2011
Michigan Vet
Men's 55
230 posts
TOC - Loyce Harpe Park - Lakeland
Anyone played at Loyce Harpe Park in Lakeland. I think it is the old Carter Road Park. This is where 50 AAA is playing. Just wonder how good they are?

Thanks
Jan. 13, 2011
Garocket
Men's 55
149 posts
I think they just redone them a year or so back

Not a bad park, better than the old one in Lakeland
Jan. 13, 2011
mad dog
Men's 60
3930 posts
60 AA is also there,glad to hear that they should be ok to play at.
Jan. 13, 2011
brian warner
Men's 55
48 posts
I lived there untill last year. The county was putting in a new watering system. And when I left it was about to reopen. They are pretty good fields. Except for the bugs. But at this time of the year it won't be a problem. I was hoping we would play there. But we have to to Auburndale
Jan. 14, 2011
JBTexas
Men's 60
260 posts
Mich Vet, your right this is the Carter Road fields, renamed in the last year or so. Fields are great, use to have a little drainage problem but with the new water system should be fine. Played there many a time in the FHC and of one of my favorite parks. Just far enough from things were parking is good but place's to eat within half mile. Easy to get to but a ride for Mad dog in Kissimmee but he does like to drive. Mad Dog first thing in the morning plan on a hour+.
Jan. 14, 2011
crusher
Men's 70
388 posts
I played a tournament in Lakeland Fl a few years ago. The in-field was sand that was packed with a small machine like a huge roller highway dirt packer.

Beware if in-field is packed sand. I slid into 3rd and the packed sand took all skin off my calf like sandpaper.

The ball bounced good off it though.
Jan. 14, 2011
kbl
Men's 60
528 posts
brian warner--if you were staying up at I-4 and 33 near the tigers spring complex, which is the best way to get to loyce harper complex.
thanks, ken#29
Jan. 14, 2011
JBTexas
Men's 60
260 posts
Take 33 south to Bartow rd. left 1/2 mile to 37 then left(south) to Carter rd.(about 8 miles total) That is the straights route. Crusher the FLa fields aren't good for shorts, if sliding you need softball pants or you will lose skin.
Jan. 14, 2011
mad dog
Men's 60
3930 posts
JB how is the drive down the 17 to 60(if ya know),or is it better just to go to I-4 and go down that way.
map quest says its 30-40 miles for me to the fields.
i'll be there tues afternoon/nite so i guess i'll have to do some scouting,gonna go wed and thurs for the things that are going on so i guess i can try it.

yes i don't mind driving, hell my closest senior tourney(dallas) is at least 150 miles 1 way for me to drive to.
Jan. 14, 2011
JBTexas
Men's 60
260 posts
That is a good route will keep you over I-4 and the morning drive to Tampa area. Bartow will be the only town that you will go thru but shouldn't be a problem. Stay off I-4 early in morning.
Jan. 14, 2011
mad dog
Men's 60
3930 posts
thanks JB,don't care what captkirk or #6 says about you...LOL
Jan. 14, 2011
JBTexas
Men's 60
260 posts
MadDog, be careful on 60 between 17 and Bartow only ticket I ever got in twenty years Fla. was there, cops all over that area just before hitting Bartow.
Jan. 14, 2011
mad dog
Men's 60
3930 posts
JB as you know texas is full of towns like that also.i'm pretty good at staying the speed limit,not in a hurry anymore,guess it comes with age.....LOL...
Jan. 15, 2011
armiho211
Men's 70
409 posts
WARNING-WARNING- if you guys are attending the banquest on friday night, you may need to get there early, BEFORE MAD DOG SHOWS, MAY BE NOTHING LEFT. sorry MAD DOG , just couldnt resist! frankie
Jan. 15, 2011
mad dog
Men's 60
3930 posts
is it a buffet type if so frankie might be right...LOL,when you getting there,i'll be there tues afternoon sometime.gonna stay till thur the next week as i'll be going to jacksonville that next weekend and it'll be cheaper just to stay there.
Jan. 16, 2011
doker
Men's 60
168 posts
HEY MADDOG!!! JUST A THOUGHT!!!! YOU COULD STAY APPROX 2MILES FROM THE FIELDS IN MULBERRY ON HWY 60 AND GET AN EXTRA HOUR OF ZZZZS AND SAVE $10-20 IN GAS FOR UNDER $50/NIGHT AND STILL GO INTO KISSIMMEE ON SUNDAY NIGHT FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK???????? DOKER
Jan. 16, 2011
doker
Men's 60
168 posts
LOYCE HARPE PARK IS THE OLD CARTER RD COMPLEX JUST NEW NAME.... FROM I4 AND HWY 98 IN NORTH LAKELAND GO SOUTH ON 98 TILL YOU HIT HWY92 AND CONTINUE STRAIGHT SOUTH ON FLORIDA AVE WHICH GOES THRU THE CENTER OF LAKELAND...CONTINUE SOUTH QUITE A WAYS YOU'LL GO UNDER TOLL RD 570 AND CONTINUE SOUTH TO CARTER RD TURN LEFT ONTO CARTER RD GO APPROX 1/4 MILE AND TURN RIGHT INTO PARK(PARK IS BEHIND THE WALMART)....GOOD COMPLEX WITH PLENTY OF SPACE TO HIT BEFORE YOUR GAME!!!!!!!!!DOKER
Jan. 16, 2011
doker
Men's 60
168 posts
BY THE WAY MADDOG....THE MULBERRY HOTEL IS AT SUPER8.COM...PICTURES LOOK PRETTY COOL!!!!! AND RATES ARE $43.99/NIGHT FOR TUES THRU SAT NIGHT 8-13TH CHECKOUT...DOKER
Jan. 16, 2011
J R
180 posts
go to a boat-marine supply. Buy marine glue. Takes a week to dry
Jan. 16, 2011
J R
180 posts
Doker can you give the contact for Hill Contractors 65. My Texas Xperts is not going to make i need a place to play. jack39@sbcglobal.net thanks Jack
Jan. 16, 2011
doker
Men's 60
168 posts
HEY JACK....BillyHill@austin.rr.com...doker i have his tel but forgot my phone this morning and you know how memories can go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jan. 16, 2011
mad dog
Men's 60
3930 posts
doker,mmm $18 a nite vs $43,sleep is over rated anyways LOL.. my total bill is around $200 for the 9 days,otherwise it'll be closer to $300 or more.i'm approx an hour from the park,and less for all the other venues.actually 56 miles coming down thru winter haven right past diamond plex park.i don't mind the drive not that bad compared to some i have to do around here.league is a minimum of 30 miles for me here,to the 2 parks i play at.
Jan. 16, 2011
armiho211
Men's 70
409 posts
MAD DOG- there will be 6 or 7 of our team arriving approx 11:50 am via american airlines on thur feb 10th. dont know if we can possibly make the mini-tournament, but there is a good chance we can be there by 1 pm if we all make the effort, then proceed to the hotels afterward. listen, we will be about 15 miles from the park, if game time permits, you can hang out with us at the hotel. i will be with dresser,kinsel,smizer and aaron.
Jan. 16, 2011
mad dog
Men's 60
3930 posts
i'll prolly already be down there anyways Frankie.but will let you guys hang out with me...LOL.....
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